Abstract

We demonstrate the conversion of a nonreturn-to-zero (NRZ)-formatted electrical data stream into a wavelength-tunable return-to-zero (RZ)-formatted optical pulse code by externally seeding a synchronously sinusoidal-modulated Fabry–Perot laser diode (FPLD) with optical pseudorandom binary-sequence data at 10 Gbits/s (Gbps). The FPLD without a dc-biased current was modulated by use of a power-amplified sinusoidal wave signal (∼25.6 dBm) as an NRZ-to-RZ data-format transformer, which is regeneratively amplified by a closed-loop erbium-doped fiber amplifier. The gain switching and on–off keying operation of the FPLD is initiated under the seeding of self-feedback and external-injection signals. A maximum wavelength tuning range of 30 nm with a side-mode suppression ratio of greater than 36 dB is obtained. The power penalty of the NRZ-to-RZ data-format conversion at 10 Gbps is 1.5 dB.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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